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BLACK & TAN. Triumph Bonneville by Analog Bikes

Some issues simply go collectively: Cheech & Chong, cigars & whisky and, after all, black & tan. A number of years in the past the blokes at Analog bikes constructed a fantastic black & tan CB750 that bought the eye of a buyer referred to as Tony who actually cherished the construct. Tony appreciated it a lot he approached Analog to construct him a black & tan customized. “Tony wished the identical design as that bike, however one thing he may tackle a hearth street each now and again, and extra trendy,” says Analog. “We mentioned choices for donor bikes and landed on the trendy traditional Triumph lineup.” After slightly little bit of looking out, Tony got here throughout an excellent deal on a leftover model new (final of the air-cooled) 2017 Triumph Scrambler. Tony broke the bike in for some time, placing a number of hundred miles on the....

KILLER MOPED. ‘Daisy Duke’ 2018 Motoped Café

Written by Martin Hodgson From the earliest days of the motorbike business and its pioneers, there have been two-wheeled machines sporting each pedals and petrol energy. The standard Moped has been transporting city commuters for greater than 100 years, however you’d hardly say lots of them had been cool. Now with insane visitors, congestion expenses and dear pump fuel the little twin powered machines have turn out to be a beautiful possibility for a lot of. Plus, wherever there’s an engine you’ll discover modifiers like Casey Kilmer who has usual ‘Daisy Duke’ from a 2018 Motoped Café. The Motoped machines are on the excessive finish of the Moped market, with wonderful engineering, high quality parts and unique designs they discover a residence between a severe downhill mountain bike and a small capability motorbike. Whereas Casey focuses on 4 wheels in the course of the day at Nissan North America, the....

Reworking a Tourer – Si Mantas R1200RT

In full costume, the BMW R1200RT suggestions the scales at hefty 259kg. That is on no account a great start line for any cafe racer construct. This doesn’t imply it could’t be performed although. With a 110 bhp, 120Nm Boxer protruding from its body the R1200RT packs loads of punch. Nonetheless, it takes a decided builder to have the ability to remodel a motorcycle like this into one thing worthy of being labelled a restaurant racer. Right this moment’s featured bike is constructed by one such individual. Mantas Simanauskas of Lithuania is a interest builder who modifies bikes in his spare time. A part of his method is to always problem his talents. He does this by guaranteeing that with every new construct he creates one thing totally different to something he’s performed earlier than. With this construct, primarily based on a 2007 BMW R1200RT, his objective was to create....


Phrases and images by Phoenix Naman. In a time the place prompt gratification is a commodity, we’re rapidly forgetting the worth of true craftsmanship. The craftsmanship that comes from repetition, and repetition, in right this moment’s tradition, will not be that cool. We’re all suckers for the fast dopamine hit. Be it the latest iPhone, or swiping left or proper. Plainly ‘Subsequent, Subsequent, Subsequent’ is the mantra of the instances. Being nonetheless is a revolt. A revolt that Shinya appears to have mastered. Far faraway from the influencers of Venice seaside, there stands Chabott Engineering. A workshop that upon getting into, seems to be like getting into Nebuchadnezzar of the Matrix trilogy, whereas Shinya San likened to a present day Morpheus. The day I visited Shinya was a balmy, quiet, California afternoon. It’s a brief 45 minutes cruise on the alternative aspect of the highway from the place we had....

Present Stopper – Thornton Panigale 1299

This 12 months the London Bike Shed present performed host to an astounding 281 customized bikes and over 17,000 guests. As I watched the occasion unfold from the opposite aspect of the world it was apparent the standard of builds has reached all new heights. Amongst all of the unimaginable bikes on the present, there was a handful of actually stand out builds. This Ducati Panigale 1299 by Thornton Hundred Bikes was one in every of them.

CAFFEINATED SINGLE. Honda Dominator NX650 by MécaServices92

Written by Martin Hodgson Lengthy earlier than YouTube there was Claude Lelouch’s epic eight minute masterpiece, C’était un rendez-vous, exhibiting the French are as mad as the remainder of us. Fellow Parisian Isidore Delgrosso shares that want for velocity however prefers to get his kicks on two wheels. From his workshop MécaServices92 close to the center of town, he utilises his engineering expertise to supply among the international locations best customs. Now he’s again with a ’90s Honda NX650 Dominator café racer that’s been touched in all the proper locations. Having beforehand constructed a contemporary customized killer from a Honda 650 Vigor with the identical single cylinder RFVC because the NX, Isidore wished to take issues additional. Not that the unique Honda construct was underdone, with a totally constructed engine, single-sided swingarm and new R1 Forks. However together with his gifted staff round him he knew they might go one....

Gear Overview – Goose Motorbike Tent

I really feel the necessity… the necessity to go tenting! I don’t learn about you, however the thought of heading out on a motorbike for a couple of days of tenting seems like the proper getaway. What could possibly be higher than using all day then sleeping beneath the celebrities free from the stress of metropolis life, simply you and your trusty steed? Sadly, with out the correct gear, you might battle to make that dream a actuality. Motorbike journey is nothing new and there are many bikes and baggage programs designed particularly for it. If nevertheless, you don’t journey that type of bike or really feel like bolting further bits to your slick journey you’ll want to seek out one other answer. Introducing the Goose ‘Wingman of the Street’ a brand new motorbike tent system designed particularly with motorcyclists in thoughts.

PAST & PRESENT. BMW R 9 T by Untitled Bikes

Most individuals love the basic seems to be of a classic bike, however not everybody loves the upkeep and efficiency points that usually go hand in hand with older bikes. So when a buyer approached Untitled Bikes (UMC) in London wanting to construct a BMW R 9 T with a classic airhead vibe, it was like that they had been ready for a undertaking like this for some time. “We’ve constructed dozens of older BMW’s however by no means had the possibility to customize the R 9 T, so we jumped on the probability,” says head designer Adam Kay. To kick the undertaking off, Adam sat down with the shopper Nick Wooller to throw some concepts round and work out how this City GS ought to look. After that they had each agreed on the ultimate design, Adam had Ian Galvin illustrate how the ultimate customized would search for Nick....

WINNING BATL. 1970 Triumph Bonneville by Origin8or

Written by Martin Hodgson So it’s stress you’re after; how does constructing a customized bike for the founding father of the Yard Axe Throwing League sound? Oh, and he additionally owns the unimaginable Dyna Guerilla by Tough Crafts that the brand new machine should have the ability to match and complement. For Rob Chappell of Origin8or Customized Cycle Co it was barely pause for concern. As a result of from the earliest of ages he’s been drawing up designs after which spinning spanners. So it comes as no shock that the 1970 Triumph Bonneville they name ‘BATL’ had everybody smiling when it lastly rolled out of his Ontario, Canada primarily based workshop. “Matt Wilson is the proprietor and founding father of the Yard Axe Throwing League (BATL) which now has leagues and areas throughout North America, so my dialogue with him rapidly turned to creating a motorbike he might use....

One Hand Made – MV Agusta Brutale

Attempt tying your footwear with one hand behind your again. Now think about constructing a customized motorbike like that. There’s no denying this tradition MV Agusta Brutale by ONEHANDMADE in Taiwan is an unbelievable piece of rolling artwork. Nevertheless, as soon as you already know extra about its creator your appreciation of the bike shall be tenfold. That’s as a result of it’s builder, Queen Houng has restricted use of his proper arm. Sure, you learn that accurately. He constructed a customized motorbike higher than most able-bodied males might with just one sturdy hand.

BLACK & GOLD. Moto Guzzi California 1100 by Recast Moto

A couple of years in the past we featured a murdered-out Moto Guzzi Nevada 750 by Recast Moto. If it had been a film, it will have acquired a standing ovation. However there was one small downside – and we imply small actually. It appears they like their bikes huge in Belarus, and sadly the general public who had been focused on shopping for the bike thought the 750cc Guzzi was a little bit too small. So Recast determined to make a sequel, utilizing a bigger California 1100 and touches of gold to intensify the small print. The body of the California has the identical traditional Guzzi geometry because the earlier construct, however clearly barely completely different because of the measurement distinction. Recast Moto began by modifying the tail part and making it extra refined. They swapped out the inventory rear shock absorbers with contemporary gold ones that had been....

RETRO MOTO – 2003 Suzuki DR650 by Parr Bikes

Written by Martin Hodgson The 80s is thought for a lot of trend traits, lots price forgetting however in accordance with new analysis it was the last decade of vibrant main colors; suppose Pac-Man, the MTV Brand and BMX Bandits. Suzuki’s design division was throughout it with the blue and yellow increasing throughout the vary and the brightness turned as much as 10. It’s a glance that Spencer of Parr Bikes has at all times cherished and he’s gone full nostalgia with a construct he calls ‘Retro-Moto’. From a 2003 Suzuki DR650 he’s crafted a stripped down, trendy Supermoto, that wears the basic RM uniform. “I used to be a police officer for five years  till I used to be identified with ocular most cancers which led me to be blind in a single eye.” Spencer has at all times had bikes, huge and small, and customised each single one....

Aquila Nera – Le Mans 1000 Cafe Racer

I need a Moto Guzzi. I like the easy frames, big engines and shaft pushed rear wheel. The absence of a series, cables, rods and wires pleases my eyes. To me, a Moto Guzzi makes the right minimalist café racer and time and time once more customized builders show my level. Aspect Rock Cycles newest buyer Stephen needed one too. He was fortunate sufficient to pay money for a 1986 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 as the idea for this timeless construct however wanted somewhat assist to understand his dream.

Larger Badder Beemer – Gallows Storage Ok120

Perth’s Kaylan Galloway is a man who likes to do issues the onerous manner. Most likely as a result of he can. A welder by commerce, he’s a one-man band on a mission. Being a very long time BMW Ok-series fan this bike, a BMW Ok100 primarily based cafe racer, is his second. The primary was a Ok75 he constructed while dwelling in Holland. That bike was extra of a price range construct so this time round he determined to up the ante.

CLUTCH & BRAKE – Ducati 750 Sport

Written by Martin Hodgson From Switzerland, you head up over The Alps to Milan, swing east for Venice earlier than rounding the Adriatic and opening the faucets for a full days trip throughout the Balkans. Right here you end up on the outskirts of Belgrade in entrance of a nondescript industrial constructing. That is the journey one man took to seek out Nemanja of Serbia’s Clutch & Brake Bikes. Six months later he returned to gather his hand crushed and brilliantly emblazoned 1990 Ducati 750, for the ultimate return leg of his European customized bike expedition. A college educated Economist, Nemanja had been bean counting for simply lengthy sufficient earlier than he determined life had a lot extra to supply. And with a life lengthy ardour for bikes he left behind the company world to construct customized bikes; wrenches over riches! “We’re a small nation with a giant ardour for....

Gear Evaluation – Pando Moto Metal Black 9 Denims

Name me a hipster, but when there’s one factor I like greater than my blue Levi’s it’s my black ones. I’ve been trying to find a very good trying pair of black motorbike denims for fairly a while with little success. Possibly I’m too fussy, however nowadays you shouldn’t need to sacrifice consolation or type in relation to your bike gear. So, when European using gear specialists Pando Moto supplied me the chance to check out their Metal Black 9 using denims I gladly accepted.

Kurva Gang – Bullita CB750 Bol d’Or

I really like backstory. For a lot of builders, it was the affect of a member of the family or pal that obtained them began with customising bikes. Others had professions that gave them the talents to do the job or had been merely pushed by their need and fervour to construct one thing distinctive. The story behind immediately’s customized workshop although is a brand new one. Jean-Phillipe Doux had been driving bikes since he was younger however on the age of 18, his driving modified from a passion to a profession. He landed a job at Disneyland Paris. Which may not sound very bike associated, however the job Jean-Phillipe was employed for was as a Disney stunt rider. Sure, you learn that proper. He made a dwelling popping wheelies and doing skids for crowds of kids.

SIZE DOESN’T MATTER. Suzuki A100 by FNG Works

With regards to traditional motorbike livery, we’ve all seen the same old suspects: Gulf Oil, John Participant Particular, Marlboro, Rothmans, Fortunate Strike and even the French cigarette firm Gauloises come to thoughts. However Irwann Cheng from FNG Works in Malaysia determined to decide on one thing slightly totally different – the colors from the Sunoco Workforce Penske Chevrolet. All of it happened when Irwann was commissioned to convey an previous Suzuki again to life. He determined to do a little bit of analysis on the traditional Suzuki colorways of the 70s and 80s and found they weren’t very inspiring. He then delved into the world of automobile liveries and located a match. “I stumbled upon the Workforce Penske Chevrolet Camaro and its colors are just like the Suzuki blue and yellow.” We love story behind a construct, and this one is a pleasant tribute to a Dad from his son.....

‘The Flying Scotsman’ Moto Guzzi Scrambler

Written by Martin Hodgson With the Northern Hemisphere driving season now upon us, builders within the high half of the globe are unveiling their newest creations. These trying to take advantage of the summer time solar and the circumstances that encompass them will certainly have spent the winter producing simply the best bike. Enter Scotland’s JM Customs who’s hit the transient out of the park with a shocking Moto Guzzi Scrambler. From the bones of a 1986 V65 Florida ‘The Flying Scotsman’ is able to shred the streets. James Moir had a profitable profession within the nation’s oil and gasoline trade, however with a life lengthy dream and influenced by the countless customized motorbike exhibits on the Discovery Channel he determined to stroll away. On the banks of the River Tay in Perth, Scotland, he based JM Customs and joined by a small staff their enterprise continues to develop. From....


“If you would like one thing performed, do it your self”. Strive following that mantra in the case of constructing a customized bike. There are elements to interrupt, electrics to fry and welding to spoil. That’s until you’re Eric Saputra Suherman, Indonesian bike racer and proprietor of customized workshop Iron & Co. When Eric needed a restaurant racer constructed from a Harley Davidson Road 500, he solely needed to hand it over to his workshop staff.

Chop Discuss – Revival Cycles BMW R18

The Katze is lastly out of the Tasche. BMW Motorrad has unveiled its extremely anticipated R18 idea. As all of us suspected they dropped that large new 1800cc boxer twin right into a cruiser platform and it’s a surprising mix of recent engineering and traditional BMW styling. The lead as much as the discharge of the R18 has additionally been slightly thrilling. Again when BMW was growing the R 9 T they labored intently with workshops to create pre-production customs. After the apparent success of that bike, they took an analogous strategy with the brand new R18.

LONDON CALLING. Bike Shed Present 10th Version

We have been fortunate sufficient to have native photographer and moto journo Tom Bing cowl the Bike Shed present for us. He’s associates with the Bike Shed crew and many of the builders, so it was nice to get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes in addition to the bikes on show. Phrases and pictures by Tom Bing. It’s obtained to be essentially the most thrilling weekend of the yr within the UK for customized bike lovers. It’s humorous, while you’re anyplace close to the ‘internal folds’ of one thing just like the Bike Shed, you’re feeling unusually happy with the achievements of all of the individuals who have labored so exhausting to make the occasion come collectively but once more. It appears like a neighborhood occasion – not one thing you simply attend as a punter, however one thing we’re all part of. As we begin....

Adventurers Wished – Gas Moto Sponsorships

Each motorcyclist desires of escaping the each day grind on their two-wheeled steed. Simply think about how enjoyable it could be ditching work for per week, strapping a tent and sleeping bag to the again of the bike, throwing on a backpack crammed with solely the necessities and hitting the open street. Simply you and your trusty bike free to go the place ever every day takes you. Sadly, life typically has different plans and desires corresponding to these take a again seat. However what if somebody gave you the money to make it occur? Nicely, our pals over at Gas Bikes are doing simply that and you’ll apply now to be one in all their fortunate adventurers.

‘Chilli Mussel’ Triumph T100 by Heiwa Bikes

Written by Martin Hodgson. On the port of Hiroshima, in a nondescript two-story constructing with rust marks staining the curler doorways, you’ll discover the headquarters of Heiwa Bikes. Right here amongst the crowded chaos of classic bikes and related elements you’ll discover the workforce constructing a few of Japan’s finest traditional customs. For lucky Western Australian Tony Wong, a friendship with the corporate’s head honcho, Kengo Kimura, has resulted in a superb highway going revival referred to as ‘Chilli Mussel’. From the naked bones of a 1963 Triumph T100SS comes this attractive traditional that’s stuffed with refined flavours. “I’ve all the time cherished the Heiwa Bike builds and elegance and have become pals with Kengo once we met on the 2015 Mooneyes Yokohama Scorching Rod Customized Present. We’ve turn out to be actually good pals since then and have met up on the Yokohama Present yearly since,” Tony tells us.....


We love cafe racers trimmed to perfection. Bikes constructed for a slim function. A journey with lights eliminated, brackets reduce and an not possible back-breaking, wrist-aching, groin-punching driving place. However there’s one thing particular a couple of construct executed with a nod to practicality. Which is strictly what Manfred Schmidt did right here, together with his first bike undertaking — a stunning 1999 Yamaha TRX850 cafe racer. “My ardour began once I noticed an image of a modified silver Yamaha TRX I discovered on Google,” Manfred recollects. “I wished to construct one myself. I’ve modified vehicles up to now for exhibits, however I wished to have a restaurant racer of my very own. And my girlfriend likes to journey as a pillion, so it wanted to be a two-seater.”

Dynamite – Unikat BMW Ok1100LT

Mentioning Grand Tourer and cafe racer in the identical sentence isn’t one thing you’ll see me do usually. That’s as a result of bikes which are inherently heavy, equivalent to tourers, are usually deemed too huge to be appropriate donors for cafe racer builds. When you strip away the surplus on most tourers you’re nonetheless left with a portly platform to work with. Nevertheless, this isn’t the case with BMW Motorrad’s early nineties Ok1100LT.


The cat is lastly out of the bag. After we say cat, we imply massive black purring panther. We caught a glimpse of the BMW 1800cc airhead engine in Austin, Texas final month on the Handbuilt Present. Revival Cycles did a stellar job displaying off this stunning 1800cc boxer engine within the titanium framed ‘Birdcage’. Now right here is the extremely anticipated BMW Motorrad Idea R18 in all its glory. Launched on the very becoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, this R18 idea bike has put a contemporary twist on BMW’s basic boxer engine design from the 60s and the basic strains of the BMW R5 from the 30s. As quickly as you lay eyes on the bike, it screams BMW. With its unmissable boxer engine, cradle body, uncovered common shaft and beautiful drop-shaped gasoline tank, it has all of the makings of a BMW fashionable basic. Every thing has a....

Throttle Roll Bike Present 2019

Pictures by Nick Fraser. After a two yr hiatus, the Throttle Roll Bike Present was again with a vengeance final weekend, because the sound of rockabilly music and bikes reverberated by the again streets of Waterloo, Sydney. This yr, Throttle Roll was held in an previous paint manufacturing unit that’s been changed into an ultra-hip artistic warehouse area referred to as Commune – and that title and venue is becoming for the present. The definition of a commune is a close-knit group of people that share frequent pursuits, and we undoubtedly noticed a group of preferred minded people who got here collectively over their love of customized bikes, music, meals, beer and simply having a bloody good time. This was, by far, the most important Throttle Roll present but, unfold over a number of ranges with one thing for everybody. However in the beginning this was (nonetheless is) a bike....

Bikes, Beer & Rockabillies – Throttle Roll 2019

Down right here in Australia winter is simply across the nook and with it comes the top of the automotive competition season. With solely a handful of weeks left earlier than the chilly season formally started Mark Hawwa (of DGR fame) and his crew pulled collectively the 2019 instalment of Sydney’s high customized bike occasion, Throttle Roll. I jumped on a aircraft the morning of the present to make the 1-hour journey from Melbourne to attend. With the plan to fly residence that very same night it was going to be a protracted day, however boy was it value it.

THOR DE FORCE. BMW R nineT by Injustice Customs

Written by Martin Hodgson Maintain these two wheels turning; throughout the infinite climbs by way of the Pyrenees, earlier than taking the summit of Alpe d’Huez on the way in which to the end line. No, it’s not the Tour De France however how Anton Knutsson of Injustice Customs spends his motorcycling vacation within the European summer time; and it gave him an concept. What could be the proper customized bike to finish the phases of biking’s grand excursions? With the assistance of BMW and Ohlins he’s constructed the reply, a 2019 BMW R nineT City G/S that’s able to convey the thunder to the mountain tops, rightly named ‘Thor’. Getting back from his summer time trip to the workshop of Injustice Customs situated within the coronary heart of Gothenburg, Sweden, Anton couldn’t assist however assume there was a greater technique to do the mountain mission than on the Flat....